Bongani Ntanzi Biography, Age, Confession, Criminal Records, Wife, Lawyer

Bongani Ntanzi, a key figure in the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial, has a complex and controversial background. Ntanzi, aged 31, was arrested at his place of employment, Sibanye Gold in North West.

He made two confessions in 2020, one to the police and the other to a magistrate, detailing his involvement in the case. It was revealed that he was a sentenced prisoner, serving 35 years for a murder committed in 2014.

Ballistic tests linked the same firearm used in the murder he was serving time for to the Meyiwa case. Ntanzi’s involvement in the crime was further detailed in his confession. The trial also shed light on the conflicting accounts surrounding his alleged assault, with Ntanzi claiming he was coerced into confessing and assaulted by the police. This testimony contradicted his lawyer’s version of events.

Bongani Ntanzi Confession and Trials

The Gauteng North High Court in Pretoria is currently conducting a trial within a trial to determine the admissibility of the alleged confessions made by Bongani Ntanzi and co-accused Muzikawukhulelwa Sibiya.

The State believes that the five accused, including Ntanzi, Sibiya, Mthobisi Prince Mncube, Mthokoziseni Ziphozonke Maphisa, and Fisokuhle Nkani Ntuli, are responsible for the murder of former Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa, who was fatally shot at the Vosloorus home of his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo on October 26, 2014.

Ntanzi has been identified by at least two witnesses as one of the two gunmen who entered Khumalo’s household in October 2014. The lead investigator, Brigadier Bongani Gininda, testified that Ntanzi’s confession statements were 99.9% corroborated by police investigations.

The trial has also heard Ntanzi’s claim that he was forced to sign a confession statement. The complexity of the case and the ongoing trial within a trial continue to be a focal point in the South African legal system

The trial within a trial is ongoing to determine the admissibility of Ntanzi’s confession statement. Ntanzi’s personal life, including details about his wife, remains less documented in the available sources.

The case has garnered significant attention and remains a focal point in the South African legal system. The complexity of Ntanzi’s involvement and the legal proceedings surrounding the case continue to unfold, shaping the narrative of one of the most high-profile trials in recent South African history.

Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng, presiding over the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial, ruled that the audio recording of Bongani Ntanzi’s alleged confession, made by Magistrate Vivienne Cronje using her work-issued laptop, infringed on Ntanzi’s constitutional rights as he had not consented to being recorded during the taking of the confession.

The magistrate would have also been required to warn Ntanzi that the recording could be used against him in a court of law. The recording, which contained potentially incriminating evidence not available in the written proforma confession, was initially not intended to be used by the State.

However, the State later made an application for the recording to be utilized. Despite the State’s argument that the recording was “the best evidence,” the court ruled it inadmissible, and it cannot be listened to or relied upon during the proceedings.

The judge emphasized that the rights of accused two were egregiously infringed by the making of the audio recording, and allowing such a flouting of accused constitutional rights would bring the administration of justice into disrepute. The trial within a trial is expected to resume, with the defence set to cross-examine Magistrate Cronje

 

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